DA Drops Murder Charges In 2012 Check Store Owner’s Killing - KMSP-TV

DA Drops Murder Charges In 2012 Check Store Owner’s Killing

Posted: Updated:

North Philadelphia, Pa.- Murder charges have been withdrawn for a man accused in a 2012 killing at a check cashing business.

His attorney says cell phone records proved the suspect was nowhere near the crime scene, and the DA agreed.

"Nobody knows the pain that I have. Only me. I mean they do, but they'll never feel what I feel, never," said the victim’s mother, Gertrude Blumer.

The mother is heartbroken again now that the Philadelphia District Attorney's office has withdrawn murder charges against the man accused of killing her son, 53-year-old Joel Blumer, two years ago.

"I cry every day, every night. I sleep with his picture," she said.

Joel Blumer was gunned down on his way into his North Philadelphia check cashing business at 26th and Sterner Streets in March of 2012.

"I just keep waiting for him to walk in the door. And it's just hard, really hard," his mother said.

Investigators arrested and charged, Eric Locke, after several witnesses identified him.

However, Locke's attorney says his client was nearly 200 miles away visiting the mother of his children at the time and had the cell phone records to prove it.

"Cell phones as you may know ping off of towers and it was very easy to identify and locate where those phone calls were coming from and they weren't coming from Philadelphia or anywhere near Philadelphia," said attorney Paul Vochi

Vochi says Philadelphia police sat on those records for two years, calling them key to his client's freedom.

He also says the witnesses in the case were flawed from the start.

"Our investigation revealed that of those four identification witnesses two initially did not identify my client at all, but did so after police went back to them with a person of interest being my client," said Vochi.

Now the painful search for answers starts anew for Joel Blumer's mother.

"I just hope I’m around to see justice for my son. That I do hope and I hope it will be soon," said Blumer.

Eric Locke has just been released from prison. He is now at home.

  • David Kinchen ReportsMore>>

  • Ya Gotta Try This Tasting

    Ya Gotta Try This Tasting

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 6:34 PM EDT2014-07-22 22:34:59 GMT
    Join FOX 29's Mike Jerrick and the Good Day Philadelphia team for a tasty night of yummy treats benefiting local youth.You've all seen Mike's weekly "Ya Gotta Try This" segments on Good Day Philadelphia, where he visits local restaurants and eating establishments to try their signature, and sometimes, unusual, dishes. Now you have the chance to do the same at the "Ya Gotta Try This" Tasting, Thursday, October 2nd, 6:30 to 9:30, at the Independence Visitor Center, One North Independence Mall W...
    Join FOX 29's Mike Jerrick and the Good Day Philadelphia team for a tasty night of yummy treats benefiting local youth.You've all seen Mike's weekly "Ya Gotta Try This" segments on Good Day Philadelphia, where he visits local restaurants and eating establishments to try their signature, and sometimes, unusual, dishes. Now you have the chance to do the same at the "Ya Gotta Try This" Tasting, Thursday, October 2nd, 6:30 to 9:30, at the Independence Visitor Center, One North Independence Mall W...
  • Two Masked Men Steal Over $180,000 From Caesars Casino

    Two Masked Men Steal Over $180,000 From Caesars Casino

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 12:33 AM EDT2014-07-22 04:33:01 GMT
    Authorities say two men stole $181,200.00 from Caesars Casino in Atlantic City early Monday morning.
    Authorities say two men stole $181,200.00 from Caesars Casino in Atlantic City early Monday morning.
  • Community Supports Boy Suffering From Usher Syndrome

    Community Supports Boy Suffering From Usher Syndrome

    Monday, July 21 2014 12:39 AM EDT2014-07-21 04:39:28 GMT
    A large crowd was on hand to support a young boy fighting a rare disease on Sunday.
    A large crowd was on hand to support a young boy fighting a rare disease on Sunday.
  • Local NewsMore>>

  • VIDEO: Children Wed Parents During Self-Uniting Ceremony

    VIDEO: Children Wed Parents During Self-Uniting Ceremony

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 7:42 PM EDT2014-07-22 23:42:16 GMT
    Paul Resnik and Anne Marie Coughlin were married by their children at their home.
    Paul Resnik and Anne Marie Coughlin were married by their children at their home.
  • Gaggle Of Geese Making A Mess Of Emmaus Park

    Gaggle Of Geese Making A Mess Of Emmaus Park

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 6:57 PM EDT2014-07-22 22:57:03 GMT
    They may be Canada's least popular export: geese, or more exactly, goose droppings.
    They may be Canada's least popular export: geese, or more exactly, goose droppings.
  • Ya Gotta Try This Tasting

    Ya Gotta Try This Tasting

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 6:34 PM EDT2014-07-22 22:34:59 GMT
    Join FOX 29's Mike Jerrick and the Good Day Philadelphia team for a tasty night of yummy treats benefiting local youth.You've all seen Mike's weekly "Ya Gotta Try This" segments on Good Day Philadelphia, where he visits local restaurants and eating establishments to try their signature, and sometimes, unusual, dishes. Now you have the chance to do the same at the "Ya Gotta Try This" Tasting, Thursday, October 2nd, 6:30 to 9:30, at the Independence Visitor Center, One North Independence Mall W...
    Join FOX 29's Mike Jerrick and the Good Day Philadelphia team for a tasty night of yummy treats benefiting local youth.You've all seen Mike's weekly "Ya Gotta Try This" segments on Good Day Philadelphia, where he visits local restaurants and eating establishments to try their signature, and sometimes, unusual, dishes. Now you have the chance to do the same at the "Ya Gotta Try This" Tasting, Thursday, October 2nd, 6:30 to 9:30, at the Independence Visitor Center, One North Independence Mall W...
Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices